I graduated from Johnson and Wales University with two degrees. It was a fun wild and time to put it mildly. Some 20 years later, if I knew then, what I know now, I may have attended a Vocation/Trade school. For some reason, I grew up thinking it was an automatic decision.
It would have saved me time and loads of money. BUT then I wouldn’t be QC Supermom right? No looking back! But what I CAN do is ensure I prepare a spread of options before my children, and encourage them to find their own path. With that in mind, we are now prepping 3 daughters for life after high school .
Over the weekend, I took two of my daughters to two separate fairs this weekend. Both were extremely informative!
So much so that it got me thinking about going back to school to enhance what I’m doing now in my birthing services. But that’s another story for another day.
The Fast Track hosted Saturday ‘s Trade School Fair. We met LaTanya Gray from Brightwood College. (I LOVE HER!) It was reassuring to have the kids hear what I’ve always tell them. Listen in…..
I was really impressed with the quality of schools there. Who knew that AVEDA offered such a holistic menu of services. Did You Know that with their program you can become a licensed cosmetologist and Esthiology at the same time?
I also learned that Job Corp isn’t what I thought it was. It has changed A LOT since the 90’s. No more do they pay students when they go home for the Christmas holiday. I also found out that they do not go after “trouble youth” anymore. But they can refer you to an agency that does. Note: They are still FREE!
The other companies in attendance was:
- The Charlotte Star Room
- ITT Technical Institute
- Central Piedmont Community College -Kawan Bilal told us about the 3D printers making salads and ears! No joke! (STEM Programs)
- ECPI University
- Paul Mitchel
- The Iron Yard
- The Arts Institute
- and Carolina School Of Broad Casting
On Saturday, the International College Fair was like entering a new world. I NEVER considered attending college aboard! Spain, Brazil, Switzerland, China, the U.K, Paris; Oh my! I was impressed. Many of the schools that were inside the U.S. offered internships aboard to help broaden their horizons.
What I figured out is that Trade School are for those that knows EXACTLY what they want to do. for a career. They teach you a trade. The focus is on preparing students to enter the workforce upon completion of the course. A good trade school would balance conceptual and practical knowledge. One of the obvious advantages of vocational education is that it’s relatively quick: usually students complete their studies in just one or two years instead of four.
The average trade school in the U.S costs $33,000,
Traditional colleges are for those who are aren’t quite sure yet. If you have an academic bent of mind, you’re better off in a traditional college. By design you get more classes that tends to funnel your interests into one or maybe two concentrations.Oh and the Greek Life! Sororities and fraternities are great places to meet like-minded people and forge life-long friendships.(Something else that I didn’t do)
The average bachelor’s degree in the United States costs $127,000.
RoseDale reported that the trade school scholar salary isn’t that much of a drop-off compared to a four year degree.(that statement is very vague if you ask me) In short, explore all options and make it’s the best fit for you! The worst feeling is to question your decisions years later and be buried in student education loans.Is trade school the best or traditional college way to go is in part, on the student’s ultimate educational and career goals.
Happy college trails my friends,